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Decomposition of Sodium Chlorate: Mass, Moles and the Chemical Equation—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity

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Sodium chlorate decomposes upon heating or in the presence of metals to give oxygen gas, so it is used as a source of oxygen in emergency oxygen generators on airplanes, submarines, even the space station. With the inquiry-based Decomposition of Sodium Chlorate: Mass, Moles and the Chemical Equation—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity, design a small-scale procedure to determine the chemical equation for the thermal decomposition of sodium chlorate.

Concepts

  • Moles
  • Molecular Formula
  • Balanced Chemical Equation
  • Stoichiometry